There's a war raging between criminal hackers and corporate computer defense systems -- and when it comes to wars, military organizations know how to fight them best. The Israeli military is known for the high quality of its cybersecurity training, and that's what Cyberbit's Cyber Range offers: The same military-grade training and simulation systems. Also: Pentagon documents the military's growing domestic drone use Cyberbit was founded in 2015 as a subsidiary of Elbit Systems, a leading Israeli defense contractor. Its goal is to commercialize the cybersecurity training and technologies Elbit had developed in its work with Israel's military and government agencies. Distributing this former military technology more widely makes sense in today's world, because all companies are essentially on the front lines of a raging cyber war.
The Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) has dumped its successful and well-respected annual conference, which had been held in Canberra from 2015 to 2018. In its place, the ACSC has launched a partnership with the Australian Information Security Association (AISA) to deliver a "high impact program of events" for security professionals in 2019. The two organisations announced on Tuesday that the ACSC's conference activities will now be rolled into AISA's national conference in Melbourne on 7-9 October, rebranded as the Australian Cyber Conference and #CyberCon. ACSC head Alastair MacGibbon said that with the proliferation of cybersecurity events, admittedly of "varying quality", the government does not need to be operating in this marketplace. "My people are not paid by the taxpayers of Australia to be conference organisers. It's not what you want a cybersecurity centre to be doing," MacGibbon told ZDNet.
Data61 has signed a memorandum of understanding with Cyber London (CyLon) that will see Australia and the United Kingdom share expertise, resources, and capital to accelerate cybersecurity innovation in each country. Under the agreement, the two organisations will develop programs for improved "cyber skills and governance"; launch a CyLon accelerator program in Australia; and support and commercialise new ideas, including building a physical and virtual environment in each country to showcase "cyber innovation and solutions" to prospective partners or buyers. The partnership comes after Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull pledged AU 30 million through 2019-20 as part of the federal government's AU 1.1 billion National Science and Innovation Agenda to establish a new industry-led Cyber Security Growth Centre in a bid to grow and strengthen Australia's cybersecurity industry. At the time, the government estimated the global cybersecurity market was worth more than 71 billion and said it was growing at approximately 8 percent every year. "A Cyber Security Growth Centre will ensure that Australia is a global industry leader, able to export products and services in the global marketplace while helping Australian businesses and governments to address the growing threat of cybercrime," the government said.